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Michael Vandenbergh

Inaugural Commons Unplugged week to feature green forum, green fair

Feb. 11, 2015—The first-ever Commons Unplugged environmental awareness week, scheduled for Feb. 15–21, will celebrate sustainability and natural resource and energy conservation through a variety of events targeting Vanderbilt’s first-year student population.

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Eleven faculty honored with endowed chairs

May. 7, 2014—Eleven Vanderbilt University faculty members named to endowed chairs were honored for their academic achievements during a celebration April 30 at the Student Life Center.

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Kudos: Read about faculty, staff and students’ awards and achievements

Apr. 16, 2014—Read about faculty, staff and students' awards and achievements.

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Use water at ‘comfortable’ temperature to wash hands and fight global warming

Dec. 10, 2013—Vanderbilt University researchers say to take down the water temperature a degree or two when washing your hands to help battle global warming.

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VUCast: Lifting lives with song

Apr. 15, 2011—Lifting lives with song! See how Vanderbilt was spotlighted at the ACM Awards. Plus, a new label to put consumers in the “green,” and are menthol cigarettes more dangerous than regular smokes? It’s all in this week’s VUCast newscast.

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Carbon labeling: putting the power in consumer’s hands

Mar. 29, 2011—A private carbon labeling system could help make a dent in greenhouse gas emissions by leveraging consumer purchasing power.

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Video: “Is Global Warming on the Back Burner? Prospects for Change”

Dec. 9, 2010—Watch video of Mike Vandenbergh, professor of law and director, Climate Change Research Network; Michael Bess, Chancellor’s Professor of History; and Beth Conklin, associate professor of anthropology, speaking at the Dec. 8, 2010, Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box. The financial crisis and difficult economic times have shifted the cultural spotlight away from global warming and climate change. Can...

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Should states hold power over local governments to encourage green building design?

Mar. 18, 2010—Should states “take back” some of the power to regulate land use from local governments to help facilitate more environmentally sustainable building? That's the question that will be debated during a panel discussion on the role of local and state land use regulation in fostering green building design.

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Private incentives for carbon emissions reductions needed to fill gaps until public measures created

Dec. 9, 2009—As the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit continues, two Vanderbilt researchers suggest that regardless of whether or not the meeting is successful in bringing public governance measures to bear, significant carbon reductions can be achieved by creating private incentives to reduce carbon emissions.

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Seven easy actions you can do today to save the environment and gas

Oct. 20, 2008—New Vanderbilt research identifies seven simple actions individuals can start today that have the potential to dramatically reduce energy use and carbon emissions.

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Focus on energy demand

Jul. 31, 2008—Cheap electricity and gasoline fueled Tennessee's prosperity over the last several decades. But Tennessee now ranks first in the nation in per-person residential electricity consumption, much of which is generated from coal, the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel, and Tennessee drivers rank among the highest in the number of vehicle miles traveled per person.

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